ASEPTIC TECHNIQUE: A GOAL TO STRIVE FOR IN COLLECTION RECOVERY OF MOLDY ARCHIVAL MATERIALS AND ARTIFACTS
MARY-LOU E. FLORIAN
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MARY-LOU FLORIAN worked as a contract biologist and conservation scientist at Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, from 1972 to 1978. She then worked as a conservation scientist at the Royal British Columbia Museum, retiring as head of conservation services in 1991.
She currently has a consulting business and does volunteer work for the museum in her capacity of research associate emerita. She is also doing research on fungal stains in old books and is writing a series of teaching manuals on organic materials as a Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellow.
Florian has a master's degree in botany (plant anatomy) from the University of Texas and has completed university courses in fine art and ethnology. For her undergraduate honors research project she specialized in mycology. She worked at B.C. Research Institute after graduation for three years, completing research and publishing an article in microbiology. Since then, she has taught and published on many aspects of conservation and the identification of organic materials, insect and fungal pest control, prevention and eradication, natural history specimens, and the biology of fungi in the museum environment. She is an Honorary Member of AIC and was awarded a 125th Commemorative Medal from the Governor General of Canada for her contribution to preserving her community heritage, a British Columbia Museums Association Distinguished Service Award, and a Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections Lifetime Achievement Award. Address: 129 Simcoe St., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada V8V 1K5.